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Samsung to alter Galaxy Tab 10.1 to halt Australian legal action

Apple considering settlement

Samsung has voluntarily offered to remove some of the features from its latest tablet PC, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, in a bid to stop a sales ban imposed on the device in Australia.

At the beginning of last month, Apple approached Australian courts in a bid to obtain an injunction that would prevent Samsung from selling the device in the country. Apple claimed the tablet PC infringes 13 patents relating to the iPad, three of which relate to the touchscreen technology including one which covers "selective rejection" technology ensuring accidental touches to the iPad don’t result in programs being launched.

Samsung voluntarily agreed to postpone the Australian launch of the device until the legal action had been resolved.

The tech giant hopes that by offering to remove some of the features of the tablet PC, although which ones have not been specified, and settling with Apple, it will be able to begin selling the device in the Australia. Due to Samsung' changes to the device, now just three of Apple's patents are potentiaslly being infringed. Apple will consider Samsung's proposal before the pair return to court tomorrow (October 4). Apple also alleges Samsung has been misleading consumers by insinuating the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a version of the iPad 2 and offers the same performance as Apple's tablet PC.

The Australian suit is now one of more than 20 filed by Apple across the globe in a bid to stop Samsung selling the device.


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